Last evening I watched the final game of the World Series with a friend. As we sipped our Hennessy VSOPs, a very exciting game unfolded before us.
And of course…the Giants won!
Since I reviewed Hennessy in a September post, I won’t repeat myself. Feel free to read my review at: http://thewineknitter.com/1/post/2014/09/day-97.html
Enjoy the day!
After spending a lovely afternoon yesterday at a yacht club having lunch on the water, I was snapped back to reality with business calls and appointments.
I scurried home to prep food for the 6th game of the World Series. Then it was off to a friend’s home to watch the game. The Giants lost miserably…and now the finale is tonight. I’m thinking that I need to open a big bottle of wine for this!
A friend gently admonished me for apparently omitting the “knitting” lately from my wineknitter blog. Guilty as charged. I’ve been so caught up in trying to finish a design and layout for my next project that I have been remiss in talking about knitting at all!
So, here is a beautiful shawl that I designed and put together not too long ago. Just by adding these beautiful wooden beads from Africa around the edging of the shawl, I have given it added texture and dimension. Think about embellishing your next knitting project to give it a whole new look!
Click on image for a more detail.
Okay…back to work. Make sure to watch baseball tonight!
It was a beautiful day yesterday and a perfect one for walking in NYC. My destination was the Hilton Hotel for the Simply Italian Wines US Tour 2014.
After attending one of the many seminars on Veneto Wines, I went on a “walk around tasting” that was represented by many regions. I couldn’t get to all the tables…so many wines…so little time! However, I tasted some excellent wines ranging from bubbly and light to powerful and memorable. Over the next few days, I will share my thoughts on some of the wines I had the pleasure of tasting.
I’ll start with the Cesconi Winery. Their vineyards are located in two different areas of Trentino, which is reflected in the complexity of their wines. I tasted a Manzoni Blanco 2012, which is a Riesling blend, a Pinot Grigio 2012, a Nosiola 2012, a Moratel 2011 and Pletter 2009. I encourage you to visit t website to learn more at: http://www.cesconi.it/eng_territorio.php
Now on to the rest of the day!
I got together with a few friends last evening to watch the World Series. We enjoyed pizza and salad…quite simple but tasty.
There was a potpourri of drinks being poured that ranged from scotch to vodka to wine. Since one of the wines was a Stags Leap 2012 Chardonnay, I went with that.
I reviewed the 2011 Stags Leap back in June (Day 7) and thought it would be fun to taste the 2012 and report on it. So here goes…
It had a light straw color with inviting aromas of pear, honeysuckle and citrus. I tasted pear, green apple, a hint of vanilla and a buttery smoothness. It was a nice crisp finish. Thumbs up! www.stagsleap.com
This is an exciting World Series and I can’t wait to watch it tonight. In the meantime, it is back to the drawing board for me.
It was an afternoon of fun and laughter as we celebrated the upcoming birth of twins at a baby shower for my friend.
In addition to all the marvelous food, we drank Veuve Mimosas. Of course there was seltzer and non-alcoholic beverages for the mom to be. I did spot a few people just pouring the Veuve into a glass sans orange juice. I can't say that I blame them! Nice champagne!
I have been remiss…once again…in starting my next knitting project. I’m a little stuck on the design and pattern, but I’ll hopefully have something going in the next few days.
On to game four of the World Series. Go Giants!
Hockey season is under way. And, when the name Wayne Gretsky, is mentioned you might conjure up images of this fabulous hockey pro having played 20 seasons in the NHL! However, I don’t think that wine would be part of that image.
Last night I tasted No 99 (his # and also the year that he retired) Wayne Gretsky 2012 Cabernet from Sonoma County. Yes…he owns a winery and is producing wines in CA and BC.
This smooth cab had black cherry, blackberry and a hint of oak on the nose. It was well balanced with pepper, anise and soft fruit on the palate. It had a short finish. For more info on this winery, visit: http://www.gretzkyestateswines.com/
Now I need to choose a wine for Game 3 of the World Series this evening. What will you be drinking this weekend?
Take a nice bottle of wine, good food, the first game of the World Series, someone who shares your enthusiasm for it all and you have a winner!
My host served a bottle of 2008 Two Hands Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon last night. It was a deep garnet color with dark fruit and spice on the nose. I tasted sour cherry, pepper, spices, licorice and a hint of pomegranate. It was well balanced with a medium finish.
I have included the label on the back of the wine bottle. I thought it was different and worth the read.
Have a great day!
Sunday afternoon into Sunday evening, it was all about football and friends. I was invited to a football marathon. We watched the Cowboys defeat the Giants and then watched the Broncos massacre the 49ers.
In between it all, I sipped on vodka and ate some good food. Although I didn’t drink any killer wines last night, I was given killer cookies! They were flourless chocolate chip cookies….quite decadent! In fact, they were so rich, I could only eat a bite…or two….okay…maybe three bites.
Busy day ahead…must design new knitting project!
After a morning of running around and an early afternoon of organizing, I finally regrouped and embraced the day.
I took a little power walk and was rained on by all the falling leaves. It was peaceful and quite calming.
Although I started off with no plans for the evening, (oh no, Saturday night) it all changed in a heartbeat. After receiving a phone call with an impromptu invitation, I happily headed out the door. And just like that, my evening turned into a lovely dinner with a killer bottle of wine.
My dinner date surprised me with a bottle of 2010 Paul Hobbs, Pinot Noir Russian River Valley. I’m no stranger to drinking Paul Hobbs wonderful wines, but this was outstanding. It was a beautiful ruby color with aromas of red fruit and spices. Silky smooth tannins added to the flavor of dark cherry, clove, licorice, chocolate and leather. A long finish rounded out this orgasmic experience! http://www.paulhobbswinery.com
All we could do after finishing the last drop of wine was to sit in front of a fire and moan in ecstasy.
Have a great Sunday!